A very common feeling or experience, Jamie! Even for long time out-in-public CDs.
That sinking feeling of doubt or fear, just as you are about to step out into the public eye. I am very familiar with it, even after years of public cross dressing. It is not an every time thing with me, but it does occur sometimes for brief moments. It soon disappears, when one realizes people are way too concerned with their own lives to even look your way.
Moreover, it vanishes completely, when someone compliments how nice you look today or how attractive that necklace is you are wearing!
Hugs from Peggy Sue…